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National Museum (Museo de la Nacion)

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Address: Av. Javier Prado Este 2465 | San Borja, Lima, Peru
Phone Number: 01 476 9878
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: Lima's largest museum features scale models of temples, ruins and...
Lima's largest museum features scale models of temples, ruins and archaeological sites that tell the story of Peru's long history from prehistoric times and ancient civilizations to the advanced civilizations of Huari, Chimu and Paracas and the Inca Empire.
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Only existing exhibit is history of Shining Path terror years 1980-2000

Nowhere in the official websites is any mention that the archeology artifacts most people are interested in viewing are not in the Museo de la Nacion anymore. In fact, there is... read more

1 of 5 starsReviewed February 11, 2015
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West Hollywood, California
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West Hollywood, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Nowhere in the official websites is any mention that the archeology artifacts most people are interested in viewing are not in the Museo de la Nacion anymore. In fact, there is no temporary home to visit them either. The entire exhibits will eventually be housed by the Pachacamac ruins outside Lima, which will make them less accesible if you are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

First let me clear some facts for you. This museum is located within the Ministry of Culture where, obviously, government affairs take place. The exhibits and collections per se, are being moved to a new building near some acient ruins where it'll become the permanent "national museum". For now, the "Yuyanapaq" gallery is located in the 6th floor. Maybe is... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

I was expecting to see displays on ancient cultures. Instead I saw a modern art display (From a single artist), an ethnographic display from an Andean culture, and a photo gallery from the war of the shining path. I enjoyed the first two, however I found the war photos a little much. The display was very well done, a powerful... More 

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Lima Region, Peru
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26 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Contrary to what I expected, the museums displays only three temporary exhibitions. The exhibitions were well-organized and in depth, but it was a disappointment to find out that there are no permanent collections. When I visited this museum on a Saturday morning, the museum shop wasn't open. Too bad. On the other hand, the museum is free. Low-budget travelers can... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Extensive displays of Peru's contemporary art. Special display of Choppca culture, from the nation's poorest region. Extensive photographic display of from the lengthy guerilla war instigated by the Maoist Shining Path movement, a very painful period in the history of Peru (about 1980 to 2004). Mercifully the graphic photos of atrocities on both sides are not in colour. Museum very... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Overall not that impressive but for the top floor exhibit which covers the 1980-2000 troubles in Peru and represents "a final visual report for the Commission for Truth and Reconciliation. Powerful and to me represents an important component for understanding an important part of Peru's recent history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

This was an excellent museum even though only about a third of the exhibits have English language translations. Nonetheless, the museum displays exhibits from the various cultures of Peru that led to the Incan hegemony. The museum gave us a solid understanding that Peru's ancient history was comprised of far more than the Incan culture, and that the Incas were... More 

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Houston, Texas
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20 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

This was our first trip to Peru so we thought the National museum would be a great place to visit. We left a little disappointed. It's an inexpensive trip, 3 soles per person when we went, and we did not have the option to get a guided tour. No information was given when we bought our tickets. We asked if... More 

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Mystic, Connecticut
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

If you have seen the Larco and the archeology museum, this is worth a visit. There is a fascinating exhibit on the 6th floor of the Shining Path/MARTA terrorism in the 1980s. Also an overview of pre-colombian and colonial art

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Gothenburg, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

Perfect combination of Peruvian culture. Very interesting ! Really recommended and the museum is very modern too.

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